American singer Madonna in a loft on Canal Street, New York City, December 1982.
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American singer Madonna in a loft on Canal Street, New York City, December 1982.
(Photo by Peter Noble/Redferns/Getty Images)
Copyright: 2013 Peter Noble
John Travolta broke out his famous ‘Saturday Night Fever’ dance moves at Madonna’s Oscars party.
The 59-year-old actor – who earned an Oscar nomination for his role as disco lover Tony Manero in the 1977 film – wowed an A-list audience by showing he’s still got the moves as Bee Gees hit ‘Stayin’ Alive’ played at the bash following the Academy Awards on Sunday (24.02.13).
John – who was accompanied by his wife Kelly Preston – did the famous dance which helped him earn a Best Actor nomination and other celebrity guests ”followed and started dancing”, according to the New York Post newspaper.
Celebrities at the party, which took place at the Los Angeles home of Madonna’s close friend and manager Guy Oseary, included Oscar-winning ‘Lincoln’ actor Daniel Day-Lewis, Channing Tatum and Selena Gomez.
Meanwhile, the ‘Hung Up’ songstress took the occasion to dress up, sporting a metallic green Altuzarra dress with black fur trim and a black wig styled glamorously like movie icon Bettie Page.
Posting a picture on Instagram, Madonna, 54, wrote: ”And the Oscar goes to #ALTUZARRA. (sic)”
And posting a headshot of her Old Hollywood hairdo, she questioned: ”Do blondes really have more fun?”
Source : ContactMusic
At the ’91 Oscars, Billy Crystal introduced Madonna’s performance of the “Dick Tracy” song “Sooner or Later” as “the NC-17 portion of our really big show.” Turns out the number wasn’t nearly as risqué as some of Madonna’s other award-show routines, but as usual, she commanded everyone’s attention with a sultry, full-stage romp. Donning a Marilyn Monroe-inspired gown, fur boa, gleaming baubles and bleached-blonde curls, Madonna gave a performance that took us back to the glamorous days of old Hollywood.
(Reuters) – Madonna was named the biggest money maker in music in 2012 on Friday, with a world tour helping her take home up to $34.6 million and highlighting the earning power of live performances as the industry increasingly goes digital.
The 54-year-old Material Girl topped Billboard Magazine’s annual list of 40 top money makers for the second time after earning an estimated $32 million – 93.5 percent of her revenue – from her 88-date “MDNA” tour, 2012’s biggest tour.
Madonna, who also led the list in 2008 due to tour income, was the only woman in the top 10 with last year’s winner, Taylor Swift, who fell to 15th place as she did not tour in 2012.
In second place in the music magazine’s list was Bruce Springsteen whose $33.4 million revenue was also primarily driven by touring, playing to sold-out stadiums and arenas.
Springsteen, who also released a No. 1 album, “Wrecking Ball,” last year, earned 92 percent of his revenue from live shows where strong merchandise sales also boosted takings.
Roger Waters, founder of Pink Floyd, came a distant third with earnings of $21 million largely from “The Wall Live” tour and Van Halen was fourth with $20 million after touring in support of their album “A Different Kind of Truth”.
“When it comes to making the biggest score, the most money always comes from high-paying live performances,” Billboard’s editorial analyst Glenn Peoples wrote in explaining the list.
“Ironically, the most popular touring artists are usually well past their peaks on the album sales charts.”
Country music veteran Kenny Chesney, the Dave Matthews Band, country’s Tim McGraw and Jason Aldean, and British band Coldplay came next on the list.
Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber was 10th, earning almost $16 million of which about $10 million came from his sold-out “Believe” arena tour.
“The entire top 10 averaged 84.2 percent of their income from concerts, and the number would have been higher, if not for Justin Bieber’s mere 60.1 percent share at No. 10 dragging down the average,” said Billboard.
However touring was not vital for every act on the list such as Swift and Britain’s Adele.
Swift earned $12.7 million after selling the most digital tracks in 2012. She sold more than 3 million digital albums and 15.6 million digital tracks driven by her hit “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”.
Adele took the year out after having a baby but still earned nearly $14 million, putting her 11th in the rankings, due to continuing strong physical and digital sales for her album “21”.
Maroon 5, ranked 33rd in the list, took the highest share of streaming revenue which made 3.5 percent of its $7.2 million.
Billboard said streaming music online to paying customers has not caught on with older generations and was small in percentage terms but growing.
“Yet even in the coming years, as streaming services become a more important revenue source, possibly replacing digital downloads and CD sales, one thing is unlikely to change: concerts will have the greatest influence of top earners’ overall earnings,” said Peoples.
The list was compiled by Billboard editors using data for Boxscore archives of U.S. concert gross figures, Nielsen SoundScan data for sales, YouTube, and Nielsen BDS data.
The full list can be seen at billboard.com/moneymakers
(Reporting by Elaine Lies, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)
CAMDEN TOWN is to get a Hollywood-style walk of fame, which will honour pop music greats linked with the area such as Pink Floyd, Oasis and Amy Winehouse.
Endorsed by the Los Angeles movie-star original, Camden’s will honour music’s greatest performers with a bronze and stone disc, presumably to mimic a vinyl record, set in the pavement. Each disc is set to cost about £500.
Those chosen will be split into different groups: influential artists; innovative artists; unsung heroes; industry types. After a committee has come up with a shortlist, we all get the chance to vote on the Music Walk of Fame’s website.
The shortlist hasn’t been decided yet, but hints have been dropped that among those in the first tranche will be Pink Floyd, Soft Machine, The Doors, Marc Bolan, The Move, Cream, Hawkwind, Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Supergrass, Suede, Madonna, Radiohead and Public Enemy.
The list is to be announced in May.
In the biopic W.E., she played its titular lead Wallis Simpson, and says she found working with Madonna ‘extraordinary’.
‘She had been working on that story for ten years and it was very close to her heart. The first time I met her she asked me for tea because she’s very fond of an English cuppa,’ she says. ‘I really respect how she allows her femininity to drive her. And I think that’s not something we are really encouraged to do. “P****” for example – why is that an insult? Or “don’t be a girl!” If you used those same insults in a racial context it would never be allowed.’
Yes! It’s that time of year again!
Sure, the Oscars are going on this weekend, but we might be a leeeettle bit more excited for Madonna’s Oscar party!
The fun is going down again this year with the super fab bash being held Sunday night at the El Lay home of her manager, Guy Oseary.
And the star power will be out in full force for the party as Anne Hathaway, Leonardo DiCaprio, Salma Hayek, Jessica Chastain,Naomi Watts and Bradley Cooper are ALL expected to attend.
Oh, and did we mention Katy Perry and John Mayer will also be there! Think she’ll be wearing that suspicious ring??
All we know is we can’t wait to hear the shocking, HIGHlarious and possibly naughty stories the morning after!
It’s gonna be Madonna-style GRAND!!
Source : PerezHilton
Beyoncé’s interview with UK magazine “The Gentlewoman” is featured in their latest Spring and Summer 2013 issue and mentioned Madonna when talking about her career.
In 2011, she decided to become her own CEO, moved her company 2 500km from her home city of Houston to New York’s Chelsea and went on to release her rawest, most personal record, 4.
When I recorded 4, I decided it’s OK. I’m going to be independent. I just have memories of when there was no air conditioning in the new building and we didn’t have an office, and it was like camping. It was like, ‘If you want to be a part of this, you got to grind it out.’ It’s a different level of commitment, because it comes from love and respect, and that’s how I try to lead. I think about Madonna and how she took all of the great things she achieved an started the label and developed other artists. But there are not enough of those women.
When they compared her to-be-released documentary film “Life Is But a Dream”, which revolves around her life and is directed by Beyoncé herself, to Madonna’s 1991 “Truth or Dare”,
It’s a different personality and a different approach, but we’re doing the same thing.
Now I’m controlling my content, controlling my brand and archiving it for my daughter and making sure she has it and she respects it. You see Puffy and you see my husband and you see these male artists that become moguls, and the female artists might become legends, but there’s not enough of us that become moguls. And I think there are many ways to get there.
More than two decades ago in a Queens basement, Madonna recorded music that’s never before been released.
Five years ago, The Daily Beast published a previously unreleased tape of Madonna singing some of the first ever songs she wrote. The tape was made by Ed Gilroy and his brother Dan, Madonna’s ex-boyfriend, who lived with the singer in the basement of a Queens synagogue more than twenty years ago. The tape included pillow talk between Dan and Madonna, as well as several previously unheard songs such as “Tell the Truth,” which she says is the first song she ever wrote. Madonna biographer Andrew Morton described the sound of the music as “sweet and raw. It signifies to me how far she has come, a reminder of the explosion of talent.”
The audio has since been removed from The Daily Beast, and is back in the hands of the Gilroy brothers. Below is the story that accompanied the tapes, including a description of their contents.
The lost tape begins with Madonna and Dan in bed. She’s encouraging him to go running.
Madonna Today: Where Things Stand
Seconds out, Round One. As lawyers for Madge and Guy prepare to duke it out — Her Madgesty has retained Fiona Shackleton, natch, the legal eagle who represented Prince Andrew, Prince Charles and lately Sir Paul McCartney while he has plumped for Lady Helen Ward, who fought for Paloma Picasso, Andrew Lloyd Webber and notoriously won a $100 million settlement for an aggrieved upper crust wife —the gloves are already off between the principle contestants.
She got the first jab in, at her last Boston gig she dedicating a song written for her soon to be ex to “the emotionally retarded.” He countered with a classic British defense: the stiff upper lip. The word from the Ritchie corner was that he didn’t want to slice Madonna’s estimated $600 million in two. All he wanted was a lump sum and to split the properties – they have a country mansion, several London town houses, Kaballah retreats, apartments in New York and of course, the now appropriately named public house, The Punch Bowl. She was quick to counter jab, with Camp Madonna claiming the British film maker was just a ‘Material Guy’ because of his outrageous financial demands. “I’ve worked my ass off for 30 years to get what I have and now this gold digger wants to take it from me,” The Sun quoted her as saying to a friend.
Ritchie may be a judo black belt but it will take much more than fancy footwork to throw Madonna. Even though she is only 5ft, 5ins and weighs in around 120 lbs soaking wet, she is a financial heavyweight with street smart ring-craft learned over her early years of struggle.
It is easy to forget that Madonna’s fortune was entirely self-made. From scratch. No trust fund. No hand outs from the bank of mommy and daddy. She is so careful with her cash that she makes the Sage of Omaha look a positive spendthrift. As she invests in property and art – never stocks and shares – she is effectively recession proof. “So tight she squeaks,” was one former boyfriend’s acerbic comment about her. Her brother Christopher’s notorious memoir is essentially a bitch list of money she owes him or he thinks she owes him; Madonna as the queen of mean.
Who can blame her? Long before the world woke up to “make do and mend” and recession dressing, Madonna had known what it is like to pull herself up by her boot straps. While she has exaggerated her hard scrabble family roots, when she was a single girl in New York she was familiar with rooting around at the bottom of the heap. She could have accepted help from her family —her father had a white-collar job in the arms industry —but resolutely wanted to make it on her own, telling stories about fishing out food from garbage, living off popcorn and desperately seeking nickels and dimes in her Queens apartment to pay her subway fare so she could earn more nickels and dimes from busking in Wall Street. Now of course she could buy the whole Street —with loose change to spare.
Understandably memories of those hard times have never left her. Hence her schizophrenic attitude to cash. So she employs a butler butcomplains that he spends too much on flowers for the couple’s $14 million London apartment, wears designer dresses on the red carpet yet haggles for a big discount. During her marriage to Sean Penn it drove her nuts that he threw his expensive Armani suits on the floor rather than look after them and hang them up.
I was reminded of how far and fast Madonna has come in a conversation with Ed Gilroy, one of the men Madonna credits with setting her on the yellow brick road to stardom. Back in the early 1980s he and his brother Dan had a modestly successful band, the Breakfast Club. Dan was dating Ms Ciccone as she was trying, and failing, to get work in her chosen profession as a dancer. She moved in with Dan and tried her hand at drumming —with a little help from Ed —practicing in the basement of the disused synagogue in Queens where they all lived. She soon graduated to singing, songwriting and after a couple of years she moved onwards and upwards. Seen by everyone but never seen by the boys again.
Ed still lives in the synagogue and recalled those days when Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March this year. He took his own walk down memory lane and ventured again into the dingy basement where Madonna spent hours practicing the four guitar chords Dan taught her. Amidst the detritus of old amplifiers, beaten up electric guitars and drum kits was a tatty white plastic bag. Inside were five of Ed’s old tape cassettes that were used to make some of her earliest recordings of her performing– as well as her thoughts on life, nose picking and scratching her ass.
During her long and heartfelt acceptance speech, Madonna paid generous tribute to her two, largely forgotten, musical mentors. She talked about she learned the drums in the basement as she listened to Elvis Costello and how she felt the hairs on her arms stand up with excitement as she wrote what she described as her first song, ironically entitled “Tell The Truth.” It was as though “I was possessed by some magic,” she told the audience who included fellow inductee, songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen.
The Lost Tapes
Her first song as well as her early efforts on the drums or vocals have never been heard before. Until now.
As Ed listened he spliced together elements of her acceptance speech with relevant fragments of those unheard recordings. They make fascinating listening, a reminder that, to quote Julia Roberts in the movie Notting Hill, that the “fame thing wasn’t really real.”
Behind the bodyguards, the bright lights and the brilliantine sheen of celebrity —and today the high priced lawyers —Madonna was “just a girl” trying to get by, wanting the world to love her.
Once she had mastered Ed’s rudimentary tape recorder, she could not survive unless she was taping the experience. Gilroy’s edited extract gives a flavor of the haphazard, mundane and downright silly world she shared with the boys, an amusing astringent to her earnest references to the Talmud, a Jewish sacred text that the Kabbalah enthusiast singer referred to frequently in her long acceptance speech.
The lost tape begins with Madonna and Dan in bed, encouraging him to go running. It then cuts to her speech where Madonna says how she was fortunate to have people like Dan Gilroy who believed in her. Then flashback back 27 years…“I’m going to strangle him,” she joked before breaking out into one of the songs, “Born to be a Dancer.”
Madonna’s prowess on the drums is on display before moving on to another song, “Over and Over.” While the vocals were crude, there is a raw energy about her early work, culminating in her first song “Tell the Truth” —a “magical moment” for her.
Ed remembers it differently. He believes that the first song she wrote was “Trouble,” which she played during their early gigs as Max’s Kansas City and the now sadly defunct CBGBs on the Lower East Side. While they may differ about which came first, “Tell the Truth” or “Trouble,” what is undeniable and what is as blatant on the tapes as her wavering Virgin Tour as a singer, is Madonna’s limitless and unquenchable ambition. She truly is a force of nature. No wander Guy is keeping his guard up.